An expert travel guide to Corfu

Corfu has long lured conquerors and holidaymakers with its intoxicating mix of historical monuments, lush hills, blue skies, sandy and pebbly beaches and calm azure waters. British and French influences can be seen in Corfu’s atmospheric old town – but it’s evident that the Venetians, who lived there for 400 years, exerted the greatest socio-cultural influence on the island.

While the holiday areas are spread along a huge coastline, the east coasts such as Ipsos, Dassia, Moraitika and Benitses are particularly popular and particularly family-friendly. Retreat to the roaring North East and stay in a pastel colored villa tucked between olive tree covered hillsides where you can enjoy stunning sea views.

The hit TV series The Durrells, inspired by Gerald Durrell’s entertaining trilogy about his family’s time in Corfu, has reignited interest in the Ionian island and attracted many enthusiastic first-time visitors. Add to that new luxury hotels and exciting openings in the restaurant, beach bar and nightlife scene – and you’ve got your hands on an all-time Greek island classic.

Explore our interactive map below for all the local highlights and scroll down for our recommended daily round-up of the best things to see and do. For more Corfu inspiration, check out our guides to the island’s best hotels, restaurants, beaches, nightlife and activities. An expert travel guide to Corfu

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